I am a
Certified Labor Doula through Childbirth International serving Iowa
City, Coralville, and surrounding areas. I live in Iowa City with my
husband and two sons, both born at the University of Iowa Hospitals
and Clinics with the Certified Nurse Midwives.
As a doula
I use my training and background as an instructor and scholar in
physical education and health to help women prepare for and
experience their births as empowered and active participants. I
consider birth to be the ultimate physical event. I
firmly believe in the benefits of physical, mental, as well as
emotional preparation for the labor and birth process. By
practicing a variety of coping mechanisms, the birthing woman and
her team can access different skills, knowledge, and tools as
needed. I am there to support your wishes and individual needs, to
help you and your partner make informed decisions, and to facilitate
your journey to parenthood in an environment of security and
I can help you experience a positive, comfortable, safe birth in the hospital.
It is my
mission to serve the birth community as an informational resource
through this website, community building, and through speaking opportunities and
Movement: How to use the birth sling, squat bar, birth ball and
movement for your no-to-low intervention hospital birth, 2011,
Leadership positions: I
am the founder of the
not-for-profit tsunami relief organization,
HUGS: Help Us Give
Slings, a (former) co-leader for the Iowa City Babywearers, and
leader of the Iowa City
Doulas. In an effort to extend my service with families
beyond the birth through the childhood years and to indulge in my
love for books, I became an Educational Consultant with
Books & More.
Professional Memberships: International Cesarean Awareness Network
(ICAN) professional supporter, Childbirth International.
Hypnobabies Childbirth Hypnosis Doula (HCHD), 2011;
Reiki I Certification, 2010; Cesarean Scar Care in the Postpartum Period, 2010;
Journey to VBAC: What You Need to Know, 2009; Father's Role in
Preventing Cesareans, 2009; ICAN Birth Class: Cesarean Prevention,
2009; Homebirth after Cesarean, 2009.